slow. This is how I'd describe Manchester United's start to the season.
As a team, they have dominated at times without winning convincingly.
Starting the season with a loss put United behind all their major
rivals, the defence has been fragile and the attack has been
outstanding, though only in brief moments. Let's look over the start to
the 2012/13 season.
first match against Everton was a terrible way to start the campaign.
Everyone played sluggishly. The defence struggled to cope with the size
and power of Marouane Fellaini and the creative spark was severely
lacking in the final third.
the first half against Fulham was a typical Manchester United response.
New signings Robin van Persie and Shinji Kagawa linked up well, showing
the rest of the league what will happen when these two become more in
sync. The team, as a whole, played comfortably throughout the first
half, despite the early setback.
the second half of that game and the first hour against Southampton has
shown everyone that Manchester United can switch off, especially with a
make-shift, shaky defence. Michael Carrick has done great to play out
of position and cover at centre back. But his lack of experience has led
to panic at the back, making the whole team play slightly deeper. This
problem should ease though, with the return of Rio Ferdinand and Johnny
in all, it's a typical Manchester United start. Slow, but showing
potential. In the upcoming matches, fans will be looking forward to a
regular defence, a creative attack learning more and more about each
other, clean sheets and goal-feasts (in favor of United of course).
too early to be bothered by Chelsea and Manchester City who have both
shown some fragility. Early surprises Swansea and West Brom should fade
and Manchester United fans should remain confident despite being three
points behind Chelsea.
off the field, rumours have sprung up from nowhere and circle around
none other than Wayne Rooney. Most came after, and I repeat after, he
was dropped to the bench ahead of the match against Fulham. Of course
both club and player have denied truth to any rumor which all have come
from the favorite source of every newspaper, "a club insider". Do I
expect him to stay beyond the next transfer window?
Despite his recent form and the new signings of van Persie and Kagawa.
United will be much stronger with rather than without Wayne Rooney.
After he recovers, expect a completely fired up striker fighting for a
spot in the starting eleven - something he hasn't experienced in recent
seasons. Many people say he is past his best, but at 26 he has much more
to offer and Sir Alex Ferguson gets the best out of every player
regardless of their age. Wayne Rooney is going to keep evolving and
United would much rather have him in the squad than formulate plans to
defend against him.
juicy rumor is that surrounding Crisitiano Ronaldo, but it's doubtful
it will lead to anything other than a massive contract extension with
the season has started, the international break is over and it's time
to really get stuck in. Have United shown enough to instill confidence?
Who is their biggest threat to the title? Do you believe Wayne Rooney is
on his way out of Old Trafford? Whatever your view we'd love to hear from you.
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